Capital punishment may not de a deterrent to killing, as many death penalty opponents claim, but it does prevent murderers from killing again. Many convicted murders serve short sentences - some as short as two years - and are then released into society, where they are free to kill again - and all too often, do. There most certainly are cases of innocent people being wrongly put to death, but these are very rare. With the new DNA evidence capabilities, this number will rapidly decline, as will the number of wrongly-convicted inmates currently languishing in prison. This is no justification for abolishing the death penalty. For the ultimate crime, there is only one fitting, ultimate punishment -death.
Page, Clarence. ˘Conservatives become death penalty critics.÷ Philadelphia Business Journal. 19(13) (2000): 63.
To counter claims that execution is barbaric, Koch points out that even though many states have adopted lethal injection for capital cases, death penalty opponents still arenĂt satisfied, so it is obviously not the methods they oppose (Wood, 715). Koch believes that even though we may not like the death penalty, we must keep it for the punishment of cold-blooded murderers for whom nom other punishment is sufficient. In response to religious arguments that ˘Thou shalt not kill,÷ Koch refers to the original Hebrew version of the bible which says though shalt not commit murder, which gives the death penalty a different connotation (Wood 717). He points out that the Torah specifies capital punishment for a variety of offenses, and that most of the great philosophers throughout history, including Ksnt, Locke, Hobbes, Rousseau, Montesquieu, and Mill agree that natural law properly authorizes the sovereign to take life in order to vindicate justice. Alexis de Tocqueville believed that the death penalty was indispensable to the support of social order. Even the United States Constitution, which condemns cruel and unusual punishment, does not cond